Sunday, 12 June 2016
First viewed : Autumn 1978
Scrutinising the first week of 1980 in TV Times jogged my memory regarding this one but, as it clashed with Top of the Pops, it must have been the first series I saw which went out on Mondays ( I'm presuming straight after Coronation St ) in the late autumn of 1978.
Bernie was of course Bernie Winters ( originally Weinstein ) , who'd just ended a decades long partnership with elder brother Mike who disapproved of his brother's affair with a much younger woman. As the comic half of the partnership , Bernie was the better equipped for a solo career and to add insult to injury , replaced his brother as straight man with a dopey-looking St Bernard dog named Shnorbitz.. His own chubby, gormless appearance was an asset.
I recall enjoying the show and tuning in regularly but not much of its content and there's nothing on YouTube to jog my memory.
Bernie was almost 50 by the time the second series ended and the tide was going out for his style of comedy. The show wasn't recommissioned but he remained on TV as host of Whose Baby ? and a regular panellist on things like Blankety Blank and Punchlines. He died of cancer in 1991, leaving Shnorbitz to his friend Richard De Vere , although the average lifespan of a St Bernard strongly suggests it wasn't the same one from the TV series.